“In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.” Philip Gilbert Hamilton
As we wind down the final days of 2010, thoughts and plans for the New Year are high on our lists and on our minds. Whether we end up having an amazing, accomplished 2011 will depend on several factors; particularly our attitude and our effort.
I don’t know about you, but this has been a trying year for me; with its share of ups and downs… What I have learned is that while we might not be able to choose the overall circumstances of events in our lives, we are fully able to choose our responses to them. Choosing a clearheaded, positive mental attitude is one option, choosing to not be a doormat is another. What have you chosen to date? How do you plan to shift directions?
A LinkedIn friend once posed the question: “You alone are responsible for your happiness” – Do you agree with this? I read the question and agreed that we choose our happiness. Definitely, we have a choice in how we wish to react to situations; welcoming happiness, like wallowing in misery, is a choice. To think otherwise is … to open the door to more misery.
I have pulled together twelve positive, motivational tips to help us all navigate our way into the coming year with the energy and anticipation of great things coming our way. Is there a tip you’d like me to add? Are there things you plan to do differently? Do share and I’ll add more to our list. Did you include any tips on your game plan that would be beneficial to us all? Do Share. Thank you!
“What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.” Hecato, Greek philosopher
A CALL TO ACTION
• Be thankful for the good in your life and maintain a positive attitude; the economy might suck but don’t let your attitude suck too. ♥♥♥
• Re-frame and refocus your personal goals; renew them as you progress through the year. Blossom and bloom like beautiful exotic flowers…♥♥♥
• Maintain a healthy mind-body-spirit lifestyle; eat, drink, party and exercise in moderation and get plenty of rest. ♥♥♥
• Breathe … deeply. Renew your prayer life, meditate, contemplate, and push through the quagmire of life’s dark days. ♥♥♥
• Expand your mind; read more and read widely, travel, connect with others, be a friend, love boldly. ♥♥♥
• Embrace new opportunities with joy and enthusiasm, develop deep links with your connections, and execute your plans with solid, achievable goals in hand. ♥♥♥
• Explore ways to grow your networking social ties; make new friends and business connections through online social networks and offline events. Try Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, Flickr, BlogFarm, SITSGirls, Stumbleupon, ActiveRain, Plaxo, Triiibes, Comluv, Timespeople and more. ♥♥♥
• Engage your muse and learn a new skill, a language, skydiving, a new field of study, an exercise routine; formulate an exercise regimen that empowers you and produces results. ♥♥♥
• Commit to always act from a place of excellence; do your best work and update your knowledge base and skills set regularly. In your job hunt/search, remember to send a handwritten thank you note after each interview!♥♥♥
• Offer your talents and gifts in service to others; volunteer with a local charity and give back to your community. ♥♥♥
• Teach what you know and keep an open mind to learn more about what you don’t know…♥♥♥
• Love who you are and what you are becoming and treat yourself and others with compassion and grace. ♥♥♥
“Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.” Miguel de Cervantes
Again, Is there a tip you’d like me to add to the list above? Are there items on the list that you plan to do differently? Do share and I’ll update mine? Do you have any tips on your game plan that would be beneficial to us all? Do Share. Thank you!
♥♥♥ Sending everyone Holiday Cheer and Happy New Year blessings!
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Until Next Time…
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